Receiving the International School Award (ISA) involved the staff and students at OGA leading on several international educational projects during 2013-2014.
Musical culture exchange with MinSheng Junior High School, China - videos of musical performances were exchanged and musical compassions made between the playing of traditional musical instruments within the two countries.
‘Culture in a box’ with Al Sulh School, Oman - this involved students and staff from both schools voting for the 10 things which they believed best represented Yorkshire and Oman. The items were placed in a box and sent to Oman, in return OGA received a culture box from them. Once the items were received in Oman, a video exchange took place ‘Eating is believing’, students in Oman were videoed ‘making Toad in the Hole’ and ‘Shepherd’s Pie’, in return OGA created a video showing how to make ‘Beef Kabouli’ a local Omani dish.
‘Global Energy Saver’ involved OGA students investigating the different ways countries around the globe view and promote energy conservation. This initiative will be used to promote environmental awareness through various OGA science departmental fairs scheduled for 2014-2015.
International Pen Pals, this involved students from OGA writing to other students across the globe and striking up friendships with those with mutual interests. This proved to be a valuable method for students to participate in language, culture and educational themes.
Since 2011 Outwood Grange Academy are proud of the accreditation Investors in Pupils. Across all Key Stages the programme offers Outwood a framework for involving pupils in decision making, and developing responsibility and leadership in relation to their learning, behaviour, attendance, school management, classroom management and induction. We believe it is powerful in developing a positive ethos where pupils learn about how the Academy is run, and, in turn, understand how they themselves can contribute to the running of the school. Pupils commit to common goals and teamwork – together with each other and with staff.
Investors in Pupils, along with all the hard work from students and staff at Outwood Grange, has seen an increase in empowering pupils to make a meaningful contribution to school, increase motivation and altruistic attitudes, raise attendance and it also contributes to continue to raise achievement for all our students.
We hope to maintain this accreditation maintaining a clear focus on ‘Students First’.